John Swinney MSP is stepping up to an impressive challenge this weekend as he takes on his longest race to date in support of the MS Society in Scotland.
The MSP for Perthshire North and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth is running the Highland Perthshire Half Marathon to raise money for the MS Society which supports people in Scotland living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
MS is a cause close to John’s heart as his wife Elizabeth has the condition.
John explained: “MS touches so many families in Scotland, including mine. Our family is grateful to everyone who raises money to find treatments for MS and support people to live with this challenging condition. And it’s time for me to raise some money to help too”.
More than 10,500 people in Scotland have MS which is one of the highest rates in the world. Most people with MS are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s and symptoms include loss of vision, fatigue, increasing disability.
The MS Society funds research, provides information and fights for better treatment and care to help people with MS.
Elizabeth was diagnosed with MS in 2000. “When I was told I had MS, the information from the MS Society Scotland was invaluable. Knowing where to go for the right information and help is so important in managing this condition.”
£1000 funds around 200 calls to the MS Society freephone helpline, provides 750 information publications to people newly diagnosed with MS, or supports 20 hours of groundbreaking research in Scotland.
Christine Carlin, MS Society Director for Scotland, commented “Good luck to John on his momentous challenge this weekend. It is through fundraising efforts such as these that together we can beat MS”.
To follow John Swinney’s progress please visit www.justgiving.com/John-Swinney